Stanford Names Captains for 2009 Season

Aug. 29, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - By a vote of their teammates following Friday's practice, seniors Bo McNally, Toby Gerhart and Erik Lorig have been selected to serve as team captains for the 2009 season.

McNally, a senior strong safety and candidate for the Lott Trophy, also served as one of the team captains last season along with Alex Fletcher. He has started 25 games in his collegiate career and has led the Cardinal in tackles each of the last two seasons, He also ranks as the team's active career leader in interceptions with eight.

Gerhart, who last season broke Stanford's single-season rushing record as a junior, is listed among the watch list candidates for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards, which honors the top player and best running back in college football. Last year he powered a Stanford running game that rolled up the second highest rushing total in school history (2,395 yards) and finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing average.

Lorig, a senior defensive end, is one of the anchors of Stanford's defensive line, projected to be one of the strongest units on the team this season. The Rolling Hills, Calif. native has started 20 of 24 games over the last two seasons and has registered 82 career tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Lorig is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

'I can think of no higher honor a man can receive during his college career, or for that matter, during his life than to be voted captain of his team by his peers,' said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'I would like to congratulate Bo, Erik and Toby on this tremendous and well-deserved honor.'

'The voting was so close that we needed a recount. There were a half-dozen more more players whose votes trailed by only the narrowest of margins,' Harbaugh said. 'Beyond the proud representation we will enjoy from our tri-captains this year, our players told us tonight we have a whole host of upper class leaders who hold the respect of this Stanford team. Tonight signals for me the greatest health I have known yet for Stanford Football.'

All three captains will join head coach Jim Harbaugh Sunday night at the Gordon Biersch Brewery for the 2009 debut of Inside Stanford Sports, which will air from 5-6:00 p.m. on XTRA Sports 860. The show will be hosted by Tim Roye and Mike McLaughlin.

Stanford will open the 2009 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Washington State. After traveling to Wake Forest in week two, the Cardinal will play the first of its seven home games at Stanford Stadium on Sept. 19 against the San Jose State Spartans. Tickets for all home games are available at the Stanford Athletic Ticket Office, on-line at GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

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